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Harold S. Geneen Quotes and Sayings

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Leadership cannot really be taught.
It can only be learned.
- Harold S. Geneen

Related topics: Leadership

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins:
cash and experience.
Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
- Harold S. Geneen

Management must manage!
- Harold S. Geneen

It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance.
- Harold S. Geneen

 

Managers in all too many American companies do not
achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
- Harold S. Geneen

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
- Harold S. Geneen

If your desk isn't cluttered, you probably aren't doing your job.
- Harold S. Geneen

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Every company has two organizational structures:
The formal one is written on the charts;
the other is the everyday relationship of the men and
women in the organization.
- Harold S. Geneen

Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process.
- Harold S. Geneen

The worst disease which can afflict business executives in their work is not,
as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.
- Harold S. Geneen

You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps.
If the president of a company has a clean desk then
it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
- Harold S. Geneen

You can't run a business or anything else on a theory.
- Harold S. Geneen

Performance is your reality.
Forget everything else.
- Harold S. Geneen

I don't believe in just ordering people to do things.
You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.
- Harold S. Geneen

A true leader has to have a genuine open-door policy
so that his people are not afraid to approach him for any reason.
- Harold S. Geneen

The best way to inspire people to superior performance
is to convince them by everything you do and by your
everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.
- Harold S. Geneen

It's better to take over and build upon an existing
business than to start a new one.
- Harold S. Geneen

Facts from paper are not the same as facts from people.
The reliability of the people giving you the facts
is as important as the facts themselves.
- Harold S. Geneen

Management manages by making decisions and by seeing
that those decisions are implemented.
- Harold S. Geneen

We must not be hampered by yesterday's myths in concentrating on today's needs.
- Harold S. Geneen

Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds.
Nonperformance can always be explained away.
- Harold S. Geneen

It is an immutable law in business that words are words,
explanations are explanations, promises are promises-but
only performance is reality.
- Harold S. Geneen

He suffered from paralysis by analysis.
- Harold S. Geneen

I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words,
explanations are explanations, promises are promises -
but only performance is reality.
- Harold S. Geneen

In business, words are words; explanations are explanations,
promises are promises, but only performance is reality.
- Harold S. Geneen

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore PHOTO

Management is doing things right;
leadership is doing the right things.
- Peter F. Drucker

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lead follow or get out of the way.
- Thomas Paine

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is better to lead from behind
and to put others in front,
especially when you celebrate victory
when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is danger.
Then people will appreciate your leadership.
- Nelson Mandela

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved.
He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
- Ralph Nader

To lead people walk behind them.
- Lao Tzu

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus
but a molder of consensus.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

The signs of outstanding leadership
appear primarily among the followers.
Are the followers reaching their potential?
Are they learning? Serving?
Do they achieve the required results?
Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?
- Max De Pree

leading by example creates a degree of
loyalty and overall success
that cannot be achieved through
issuing orders from a lofty office.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

I cannot trust a man to control others
who cannot control himself.
- Robert E. Lee

Don't try to manage people;
You manage things; You lead people.
- Grace Hopper

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
- John Quincy Adams

It is better to displease the people
by doing what you know is right.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Your success will shine as a light of hope
and inspire numbers you cannot total.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The buck stops here.
- Harry S. Truman

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
- E. Joseph Cossman

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You manage things, you lead people.
- Grace Hopper

The glue that holds all relationships together -
including the relationship between; the leader and the led
is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
- Brian Tracy

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others,
but to get ahead of ourselves.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Leaders are those who empower others.
- Bill Gates

The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Winston Churchill

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

Example is leadership.
- Albert Schweitzer

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
- Albert Einstein


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